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Allow extra time to get home following disruption between London & Birmingham

Press release   •   Oct 25, 2018 14:50 BST

Allow extra time following disruption between London & Birmingham

Rail users on the line between London Euston and Birmingham New Street are being advised to allow extra time for this evening’s commute.

All lines were blocked for over three hours between Coventry and Northampton earlier today while emergency services dealt with an incident near the railway.

The line has now re-opened but trains and train crew are out of position. This will affect the evening peak services out of the capital and the second-city. London Northwestern Railway says it is working hard to reduce the impact on commuters but is advising people to allow more time for their journeys home.

For the latest rail travel information passengers can check their journeys at

London Northwestern Railway is advising anyone who had their train journey delayed by 15 minutes or more to claim compensation via the website


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West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.

  • London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
  • West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.

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The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.

West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 70 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.

The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit

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